Feb 15, 2013 9:00am PST
in that video of course state of the union the parents of hadiya pendleton who was gunned down in chicago just a week after she participated in the president's inauguration. how are folks talking about this? the president is going to come, he's going to talk a little bit about this. do they think it's going to be useful at all? >> i think a lot of people want the president's visit to basically extend the conversation that started with her death. it struck a nerve this city and they're hoping that the president will continue on that momentum on people doing what they can on a personal level. whether it's policing your own family or your own block or help to go get laws passed to extend the punishment for gun laws in this city. they're hoping that the president will help continue this dialogue because there's a real sense here that we're at a fork in the road and there's an opportunity for real change. >> ted, thank you. really appreciate it. again, the president will visit chicago this afternoon to talk about the gun violence. it is extraordinary when you look at what is happening in that city.
Feb 16, 2013 4:00am PST
in the debate over gun control. the mother of hadiya pendleton made this video. >> a piece of my heart is gone. congress is debating how to fix our gun laws. they can start with background checks for all gun sales. tell congress to support common sense reforms so no more innocent children are killed. and no parent has to go through this heartbreak. >> this ad comes in the middle of president obama's push for tougher gun control legislation. abc's reena ninan is in washington this morning. reena, does the white house get a sense they're gaining traction on this issue, despite all of the opposition in congress? >> reporter: all the issues are pushing of all of them. they believe universal background checks might be the most likely to get pushed through in congress. there's still very much a tough uphill battle. but what is helping the white house, unfortunately, are the sad, sad cases of these shootings. sandy hook. yesterday, we saw the president actually break down and cry as he was delivering some awards to people who were there, adults involved in this situation, with that shooting. universa